Roman mine at Meurin

Roman mine at Meurin

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The Roman mine is the biggest Roman underground tuff mining region north of the Alps. Vulcanised ash tuff, a mineral the region around Laacher See has a devastating volcanic eruption to thank for, was ideal for the large-scale building projects of the Roman Empire. Just think what was needed to build Cologne alone! And how laborious the mining would have been for the workers. This is easy to understand on site without having to climb down into cramped tunnels. The ancient mine has been developed for visitors using modern architecture and painstaking didactics, and has been awarded one of the most prestigious European culture prizes, the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Award, for its design and presentation, not once but twice.

At Meurin Roman Mine, however, it’s not just about underground mining. The interactive “Antiken Technikwelt” (Antique World of Technology) focuses on the astonishing technical know-how of the Romans – from stone mining to building.

The Roman mine is part of Vulkanpark Osteifel (East Eifel Volcano Park), which also includes Erlebniswelten Grubenfeld (Mining Site Experience World) in Mayen and Römerwarte Katzenberg (a Roman hill fort), all of which are interesting witnesses to an ancient industrial region.

A station on the Roman roads.

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Opening hours

  • Vom March 15th bis October 31st
    Tuesday
    11:00 - 16:00 Uhr

    Wednesday
    11:00 - 16:00 Uhr

    Thursday
    11:00 - 16:00 Uhr

    Friday
    11:00 - 16:00 Uhr

    Saturday
    11:00 - 16:00 Uhr

    Sunday
    11:00 - 16:00 Uhr

Place

Kretz

Contact

Römerbergwerk Meurin
Römerbergwerk
56630 Kretz
Phone: (0049) 2632 9875-0

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Tuffsteinzentrum Weibern

If you would like to learn more about tuff, you can find out more about this rock and its possible uses here in the "Weiberner Schaufenster" on the left. The path up to the right also takes you in just a few minutes to the open-air exhibition at the stone saw house, where, among other things, a stone saw and a crane clearly illustrate the work processes involved in the tuff stone. The tourist information offers regular guided tours to the impressive Weiberner tuff quarries and - like the local stone cutters' association - organizes hands-on stone hammering courses, in which individual works of art are created from volcanic rock.